Look what just showed up in the mail at my house!
Yep, yep. That’s right. Merkley’s magnum opus and first edition book of nudes 111???. You mean the same Merkley that the New York Times Magazine profiled last weekend? Yep, the very one.
The book is a limited edition release, numbered and signed by the main man himself. Take it from Thomas Hawk folks, your virtual online art advisor and curator, this book is art and you’d best buy one now for $111 before there aren’t any more left and you have to pay $1,111 for your copy on eBay.
Certainly what you are buying with this book is the art. Fine art. But aside from that, hands down, this is the highest quality self published fine art book I’ve ever seen. Someday when Thomas Hawk does his own book I’ll be going to Merkley to find out who the hell printed such a beautiful work of art.
I’ve seen a lot of self published books and this book is no self published Blurb sort of thing. This book is indistinguishable from one that you’d find in the SF MOMA bookstore — except rather than having photos by Lee Friedlander in it, it’s got photos by your one and only Merkley in it. But mark my words folks, as sure as Friedlander’s nudes are hanging right now as of this writing in the SF MOMA, it’s only a matter of time before you see Merkley’s photos right up there on the 5th floor where Friedlander’s nudes hang today.
And when that happens you’ll be able to say to the that hot little number on your arm at the swank museum on a Tuesday afternoon (because you only go to the SF MOMA on the first Tuesday of the month when it’s free as a protest to their no photography allowed policy, and even then you take renegade pictures like mad), yeah babe, I was into Merkley wayyyyy before these lemmings ever heard of him, hell, I’ve got his first edition book he ever did back at my 65th floor condo overlooking the Bay Bridge, wanna come check it out?
And then that hot, hip, beautiful thing on your arm (and it could be male or female, young or old, depending on what sex you are and which way you swing), will say, damn baby, you’ve got a first edition 111???, I’m so in!
More info on the book.
How many photos? 111 to be exact. 111 photos of naked women on sofas. And trust me when I tell you that these women look far, far, better in an oversized large format 11×14 fine art book than they do on Flickr. Some women have guitars. Some women have cats. Some women have tattoos. But all of them are on sofas. And all have their portrait and a personalized page for their names. That’s 222 pages in total. This book is thick, heavy, and full of great art.